Best of Los Angeles – Visitor’s Guide

Inside the close up gallery at The Magic Castle, a private club in Hollywood.


Welcome to my Best of Los Angeles Visitor's Guide. I've been here for 50 years and know LA inside out.

Not Anaheim. Not the Valley. Not O.C.

But LA. And that means Venice Beach, Santa Monica, West L.A., Westwood, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood and Downtown L.A.

This section of my site has audio walking tours, the 5 best famous restaurants, the 7 funnest restaurants, 5 hot night spots, 10 amazing event spots and even the best place to play a round of golf.

Jump straight to the Insider's Guide to LA if you want to skip my intro.

A piece by Barbara Kruger at the Broad Museum of Art in downtown LA.

La Sagrada Familia

If you're looking to go inside La Sagrada Familia in Spain, you're in the wrong place. This is inside information about Los Angeles.

So after the lock down, if you're considering visiting L.A., you've come the right place.

I'm a native, born and raised and I love sharing what I know about this amazing waste land with lovely little, hidden gems tucked about.

If you want to know whether or not you can bring food into the LA Zoo, or anything at all about Disneyland or Universal Studios, you're in the wrong place.

There are plenty of other places you can get that information.

This is an Insider's Guide to Visiting Los Angeles. These are places and hideouts that cater mostly to locals.

Visiting L.A.

You can use this section of my website to learn more about Los Angeles, and discover some of the city's hot spots, from an L.A. native's perspective.

I grew up in Los Angeles, and have lived there most of my life. L.A. gets a bad rap from a lot of people, and here's my theory why.

L.A.'s a very big, vast sprawling place. When I say L.A., I'm not referring to Los Angeles County though, I'm referring to the actual City of Los Angeles, which is big, but not nearly as big as the county.

The city does not include Anaheim, where Disneyland is or Burbank, where Universal Studios is. They're both fun place and I love them. But they're not in L.A., so they're not included in my itineraries. 

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With my pal Sugar Ray Leonard. That's glove he wore in the second Duran fight.
Grab a french dip before the Dodgers game.

LA is a Sprawl

Los Angeles is not the type of city where you're likely to stumble into a great restaurant or a cool night spot. You need to know where you're going, you probably need a reservation and may need to be “on the list.”

Traffic in Los Angeles during rush hour is grueling. There's no public transportation worth a damn and relying on cabs is prohibitively expensive. You're going to need car. And most importantly, you're going to need to plan out your days to avoid getting stuck in gridlock.

These lists include many of my favorite places, restaurants and points of interest in Los Angeles. I've organized special events for clients at some of these venues, but they're also the places I go when we want to have a little fun. 

Local's Guide to Los Angeles

Start with the walking tours at the first link, which will tell you what you need to know most:

3 Essential Los Angeles Walking Tours

Don't waste your time searching for the diamonds in the rough. See everything worth seeing in just 3 days. Narrated walking tours of different LA neighborhoods with descriptions, directions and tips. I have four 1-day itineraries for you to listen to.

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5 Famous Restaurants in LA 

Where are the famous places to eat in Los Angeles? You won't find out about these places from your concierge or guide book. 

7 Restaurants Locals Love 

Where are the funnest places off the beat and path to eat at in Los Angeles? These are absolutely, unequivocally the best.

7 Best Los Angeles Night Spots

Where are the best place to hang, meet interesting people and party in Los Angeles? These the best watering holes the City has to offer.

10 Best Places in Los Angeles to Launch 

Want to stage an event in Los Angeles? If it isn't at the right location, it may not be as successful as you'd like. These are some of our favorite special events venues. 

Watts Towers are just past South Central Los Angeles and well worth a visit.

People's Guide to Los Angeles *New*

More recently, I spent a good deal of time in South Central Los Angeles. This is a place where there is a lot of poverty. But it's also got an amazing history.

South LA is also where a number of celebrities came from, including Ice Cube, film director John Singleton and athletes Andre Miller and Baron Davis, to name a few.

I don't know it well enough to give you a complete section, but you should definitely visit Watts Towers and while you're there stop by Ray's BBQ for some of the best BBQ you'll find in Los Angeles.

Seating is simple picnic tables so take it to go and get the brisket sandwich.

Or if you'd rather sit down and have table service, one of the best Mexican restaurants in LA, Avila's Mi Ranchito is down there too.

They have a full bar. Try the carnitas and order them “El Doralito” which means golden brown.

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At Avila's with Mark Bradford, one of the most accomplished fine artists in the world.

6 Best Public Los Angeles Golf Courses

Which are the best public golf courses in Los Angeles? Click here to find out where to go for 18-holes in and around Los Angeles. 


LA is a great place to visit if you know where you're going. But it's too spread out to just show and hope you'll stumble onto the right places.

But if you do a little homework and plan it out, you can hit all the spots I mentioned and do LA like a local.